New Zealand: 5 Amazingly Scenic Adventures

Adventure tourism is an ever-expanding industry, and today roughly 20% of all adult travelers are considered adventure tourists. However, most travelers don’t want adventure merely for adventure’s sake. Instead, today’s savvy jetsetters want to combine an exciting experience organically with the beauty and local flavor of a location. If you’re looking for the best of […]

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Snapshot of the Week: Milford Track

Milford Track. The 3 day, 33 mile hike in New Zealand’s majestic Fiorland is the lushest, greenest environment I’ve ever seen. The hike is often otherworldly- like a background imported directly out of the movie Avatar. It’s a botanic wonderland filled with draping moss, ferns, crookedly ancient trees, bubbling brooks, rushing waterfalls. You are fully […]

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High Tech Flashpacking… on a Budget

Originally posted on GoGirlGuides.com on 3/14/11: Round the world backpackers used to diligently pack their canvas backpack with bare essentials, kiss their families goodbye and set out into the world knowing that contact with home would be minimal… a postcard here, a long distance call there.  They were on their own and, for the most […]

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Dirty Hotels: A Survival Guide

Originally posted on GoGirlGuides.com on 2/28/11: I’ll never forget my hotel horror story… In 2009, my girlfriends and I spent a nearly perfect week in Italy, staying in a beautifully modern apartment on Florence’s artisanal Oltrarno. From there we flew to London to meet up with a few more friends for one epic night of […]

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Snapshot of the Week: Milford Sound at Dawn

Early morning at Milford Sound. On this particular morning, the sun was out. It was early enough that the dozens of tour operators coming from Queenstown hadn’t yet set sail on the water, and all was still. I was lucky to capture this reflection, to have this private encounter with such a unique and popular […]

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5 Spots in NYC that Rock

Originally posted on GoGirlGuides.com on 3/9/11: They don’t call Manhattan the Big Apple for nothing! For first-timers and locals alike, it’s easy to get overwhelmed in such a vibrant city packed with world-class hotels, shopping, restaurants, museums and night life. Here are 5 top Go! Girl NYC hot spots that will keep you sleeping pretty, […]

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Snapshot of the Week: Maryland Sunrise

This week, I’m keeping it in the family. The Snapshot of the Week is generously provided by JoAnn Ricchiuti, my mother with a keen eye for beautiful places. Always with a camera in hand, I learned everything I know about photography from her. Sunrise, my favorite time of the day! I have found that you […]

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Reflections on a Semester Abroad… 10 years later

January 11, 2001. I coughed in the ancient Italian cathedral. Loudly. It was the kind of cough that goes on and on; the persistent itch you can’t get rid of and if you try you just end up making it worse. Inside San Miniato’s stone walls, my coughs echoed throughout the sacred space until my […]

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Snapshot of the Week: Giant Kapok Tree Silhouette

  I took this photo last week, on a late afternoon walk on the Palm Beach lake trail into West Palm Beach, Florida. This Giant Kapok Tree was planted in 1887 and is a landmark to walkers-by and boaters alike, and I was taken by its delicate silhouette against the urban backdrop behind it. Up […]

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Here and There: 2.20.11

Random musings about the week’s most interesting travel articles… -If you thought the “Haunted Mansion” ride at Disney was scary, a UK Theme Park boasts an honest to God headless monk that haunts the grounds and causes a ruckus. (Jaunted) -Darth Vader is finding an image boost this month. First, he made a splash at the Superbowl […]

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